As I mentioned in Part 1, Aixe-sur-Vienne, is situated a few kilometres west of Limoges in the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin. It gets its name from its position on the upper reaches of the Vienne River.
The town is situated at the confluence of two rivers: the Vienne and the Aixette. Aixe-sur-Vienne offers fantastic opportunities for walking, cycling or even kayaking activities and tours.
The main road (N21) crosses over the Vienne here, into the centre of the town. I have tried to find the name of the bridge, but with no success!
Looking upriver from the bridge.
The bridge over the Vienne is extended around a bend and crosses over the Aixette at the confluence.
Along the Aixette river, there is a footbridge and, next to it, a stone arch named the Pont Malassert. It appears that it is often called a "Roman Bridge", but in fact it apparently dates back "only" to medieval times! I gather that only half of it is left; the original bridge would have had two of these small arches, with logs of wood resting on top to walk over.
One of the very old houses that are in this area.
The sign reads L'Herbularium, Jardin des médicinales. The garden is just to the side of the large bridge over the N21 and the Vienne runs along the back of the garden. All very well kept!
It is very attractive, but while I was there most of the flowers were either in bud or they had just gone over
The garden with a view of some of the old buildings in the back ground. The Vienne is at my back.
Coming soon - Part 4 around Aixe-sur-Vienne, which will cover the Eglise Sainte Croix, the Holy Cross Church.